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2 definitions found
 for Darning needle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Darn \Darn\ (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darned
     (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Darning.] [OE. derne, prob. of
     Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. &
     Arm. to E. tear. Cf. Tear, v. t.]
     To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn
     or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or
     thread.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning
           his stockings.                           --Swift.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Darning last. See under Last.
  
     Darning needle.
     (a) A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents,
         especially in stockings.
     (b) (Zool.) Any species of dragon fly, having a long,
         cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are
         harmless and without stings.
  
     Note: [In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.] Called
           also devil's darning-needle.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  darning needle
      n 1: a long needle with an eye large enough for heavy darning or
           embroidery thread [syn: darning needle, embroidery
           needle]
      2: slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings
         that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on
         mosquitoes etc. [syn: dragonfly, darning needle, devil's
         darning needle, sewing needle, snake feeder, snake
         doctor, mosquito hawk, skeeter hawk]

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